Short Break for the EDiscovery Channel and A Repeat Chat with Herb Roitblatt

October 20, 2021

The Ediscovery Channel is on hiatus this week as I’m travelling to Seattle for a McCormick family memorial service for Gayle.  But I noticed a post today on the Ediscovery Today blog called, New Publication of “The Use of Artificial Intelligence in eDiscovery” from EDRM: eDiscovery Best Practices.  The 12-page paper is designed “to provide a preliminary overview of the field” and is available for download from the site here. It provides an introduction to AI, and discusses the types of AI, the uses of AI, the benefits of using AI and key consideration in using AI in eDiscovery.  It also discusses ethical considerations and the future of AI in eDiscovery, concluding with a brief bibliography of sources about AI.

It reminded me of a great interview Rachi and I did with Herb Roitblatt.  I consider Herb to be a sound thinker about AI and by that I mean one who doesn’t devolve into overextended metaphors and marketing hype and highly recommend his book, Algortihms Are Not Enough from MIT Press and there was a wonderful review of the book back in March that you might also want to look at called Why AI Can’t Solve Unknown Problems

We’ll be back in two weeks with our regularly scheduled program.

Amy Bowser-Rollins, the Original Litigation Support Guru, Chats with Rachi and Tom

August 17, 2021

Did you miss this post last week? No worries, listen here to learn how Amy came to become the Litigation Support Guru. Her LSG site and blog have been a great resource for many years and this is your chance to learn more about Amy and her journey through #ediscovery.


#litigation #mentoring #coaching #leadership

Did You Miss Last Weeks Chat with Rich Robinson of Toyota on the EDiscovery Channel? Take A Look Here.

August 3, 2021

Rich Robinson of Toyota chats with Rachi & Tom about growing up in Rhode Island, working with disadvantaged youth then transitioning to law firm database work. After stints at firms in Boston and Dallas he ended up in working for a short time with an eDiscovery vendor then finally found his home in the corporate world. A fascinating story I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing.

EDiscovery Channel Summer Rerun: Tom & Rachi Chat with Mary & Kaylee

July 16, 2021

Yup it’s that time of year. Your regular programming is interrupted by a rerun. It’s a good rerun tho so if you missed it the first time (or even if you didn’t) you’re gonna like it this time.


July 6, 2021
Chris Dale (@chrisdaleoxford) | Twitter

here’s what Chris had to say about it …his comments include a link to the recording on the YouTube EDiscovery Channel

Register Now for the University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Conference … At No Cost!!

February 19, 2021

The 8th Annual University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Conference is less than a month away and the full-day conference is completely online and free for all attendees.

This year they are various topics including:
            The initial assessment process
            Collaboration and negotiation strategies
            Collection challenges from new devices & data sources
            Basic and advanced search techniques
            Maximizing document review speeds and accuracy.

In addition the renowned judicial panel will be joined by an eDiscovery case law panel, and a panel analyzing the eDiscovery impact of rapidly expanding national and international privacy regulations.

I’ll be speaking along with, among others, Mary Mack, Joy Murao, Doug Austin, Craig Ball, George Socha, David Horrigan, Ariana Tadler and renowned Cajun technologist Dan Regard.

These national and international experts will examine strategies implementing practical and effective eDiscovery for your litigation matters. The focus is work smarter, not harder and these are the folks to make that happen.

CLE credits available for many states including general AND ethics credit for Florida bar members.

For more info and to register see  or register directly here at

Vincent Catanzaro, eDiscovery veteran, chats with Tom and Rachi on the YouTube EDiscovery Channel

February 16, 2021

Missed eavesdropping on the random conversations that should have been taking place at LTNY? Missed Rachi’s post on this conversation? Well, here ya go.

Last week we had the pleasure of having Vincent Catanzaro join us talking about everything from #eDiscovery to being a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe! Vinnie told us how he started in the profession from a small Plaintiffs firm to the DuPont Legal Department to large corporate defense. large corporate defense firms and now back to the corporate world as the EDiscovery counsel at FedEx. But more important, how he became a member of the legendary New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewe, Pete Fountain’s Half Fast Walking Club!!

Check it out at

EDRM Announces the First Annual Gayle McCormick O’Connor Spirit Award

December 6, 2020

Last week on EDiscovery day, the EDRM honored Gayle O’Connor as the first recipient of the annual Spirit Award named in her honor. Many thanks to the folks at the EDRM and especially the Spirit Committee who I specifically name in the video.

Her entire family, especially Seamus and myself, are touched by the tribute to her memory.

See you in my dreams baby.

Tom O Interviews Sheila Grela On the EDiscovery Channel

November 29, 2020

Rachi and Tom have been on hiatus for a few weeks and Tom gets back into action by talking with Sheila Grela of Procopio in San Diego.

Sheila is a seasoned litigation paralegal with over two decades of experience. She is an Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in eDiscovery. Her paralegal certificate, with honors, was from the ABA-approved USD Paralegal program.

She has advanced her paralegal experience by becoming both a Relativity Certified User (RCU) and a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS). Recently, her eDiscovery achievement was acknowledged when she was appointed to be a Global Advisory Council participant for EDRM.

In addition, Sheila is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of Women in eDiscovery, where she was the Membership Director from March 2015 to April 2017. She currently serves as Vice President of Membership for the San Diego Paralegal Association, and is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is a member of the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association where she has volunteered her time to assist with its legal education.

Sheila talks with Tom about growing up in a Navy family, the relevance of eDiscovery certifications she has earned and working as a paralegal in the COVID-19 environment.

EDiscovery Day with the San Diego ESI Forum: Joy Murao, Doug Austin & John Ellis Join Tom O’Connor In A Wide Ranging Year End Review

November 25, 2020

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